Excerpt from The International Review, Vol. 12: January-June, 1882
This stage it was which proved most conclusively how great and how various were the facilities Of the United States - facilities in obtaining the products of the soil, in developing new and abundant resources, in adding to material comfort. All these furnished keen incentives to the spirit of enterprise and ambition. But at this time what was the position of the aesthetic element in the young nation? Hitherto, as has been said, it had only existed in a starved condition, and early in the present century we find it still ignored or directed into unworthy channels.
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